Camels Glance With Disdain

Animals in Niamey and other African cities are very much a part of everyday life. They share the roads with us. They sometimes wait with us at traffic lights. They walk beside our cars as they wander through the traffic on the bridge. They even swim in the river–well, I’ve seen the cows do that, […]

A Scurrying Hedgehog And Me

During my years in Niger, I have seen lots of animals. Almost daily I see donkeys and camels as I drive across town to school. Occasionally I see a hippo or two as we cross the Niger River on the John F. Kennedy bridge. (Yes, it was the first major bridge built, linking one side […]

My Serendipitous God

  Back in the 1960’s serendipity was a popular word, a pleasantly unpredictable word because it was coined to describe delightful and unexpected experiences. Perhaps it was used so much it became a cliche. Today, it is considered archaic and quaint, not really reputable. However, I find it the very best word to describe what […]

Laughter and Smiles

  Who more so than we, who know the Love of God, the Salvation of Jesus and the Encouragement of the Holy Spirit, to have a glad face? There is nothing so refreshing as a good, wholesome laugh with Christian friends; and especially during the midst of a busy, a heavy day. I thank God […]

On Our Christmas Tree

  ON OUR CHRISTMAS TREE In Nigeria for many years, and now in Niger, we have been using the same Christmas tree for over thirty years. It’s a truly missionary tree, having been purchased from another missionary family before Becky and I were married. On the tree, year after year, we hang memories from our […]

They Grew Bright Yellow Every Day

When we lived in Jos, Nigeria we had a wonderful array of flowers always blessing us.  There were trees on our street and in our yard that followed one another in a year-long parade of amazing colors, bright oranges, red and yellows; pastel pink and white and lavender. Yet only the daisies displayed their own […]